If the the Duke of Wellington had surveyed Waterloo as this pitch he might have suggested ‘the French can have this one.’ How ironic that it was a Frenchman playing for West Bridgford that lit a dismal afternoon.
The game kicked in heavy and murky conditions with both teams trying desperately to play football. Holbrook kept the visitors defence busy in the first 5 minutes but a fine Ross McCaughey cross saw the recalled winger Jurgen Charlesworth blast in at the far post to give West Bridgford an early lead and also net 12th goal of the season. 0-1 (Bridgford)
Back came Holbrook and Labrada Domini was unlucky to see an individual effort cannon off the upright. Ross McCaughey and Aaron Large were combining well down the Bridgford left side with McCaughey delivery a series of dangerous crosses.
Large, Westcarr and Charlesworth had chances, but not to be outdone Domini and Daley had efforts blocked at the other end when Jonathan Ventrella and Pat Newsome stood firm.
Dave Erentz headed a McCaughey corner just wide and then put in a tremendous challenge to thwart a dangerous Holbrook counter attack. The half ended with a Simeon Lawrance effort punched clear by young Bridgford keeper Sam Clark.
HT 0-1 (Bridgford)
In the second half both sides fought tooth and nail as the conditions deteriorated with both teams making much needed substitutions.
French winger Abou Sylla was introduced and made an immediate impact with a number of individual efforts – his lightning pace making light work of the boggy conditions. At the other end Holbrook’s Labrada Domini and Tom Cooper-Richards fired over when well placed.
In the 77th minute a run by Bridgford substitute Ryan Plummer saw his effort crash against the post and rebound to safety.
The rain was now incessant – in the last minute the brilliant Sylla intercepted a Holbrook pass in his own half, sprinted 60 yards through a bemused Holbrook defence and dinked the ball casually over the on-rushing Holbrook keeper Chris Whitely giving Bridgford a deserved 2-0 win.
FT 0-2 (Bridgford)
Man Of The Match: Kevin Spriggs
Joint Manager Chris Marks was pleased after the game, ‘it was tough going today, the pitch was very heavy and the midweek cup tie took a lot out of us. I thought we defended resolutely in tricky conditions and the substitutes we made had a big impact on the game’.
The next two home games in December are crucial to the progress of West Bridgford with local rivals Greenwood Meadows visiting Regatta Way next Saturday followed by a mouth watering clash against league leaders Stapenhill the following Tuesday – 20th December
How they stand